Posts Tagged With: #corbinapatrol

pic of the day!

My friend Colin Sako getting it done with a pink Holy Moley fly and an old school Tom Morgan fiberglass rod. It was special for me to watch him land his first fair-caught corbina. For those of you at home a fair-caught corbina is a fish that legit eats the fly in its mouth. That’s what makes it special. We never post fouled fish on this website. We like to do it the hard way. LOL This fish was released immediately after the pic was taken. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

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pic of the week…

My bud, Eric Warner with a pretty bean caught this past weekend on a Holy Moley fly he got from his Corbina Diaries collector’s edition!
Photo courtesy of Eric Warner.

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last week’s bean update…

Last week’s minus, early morning low tides produced a few nice fish for the boys…the water temps are still a little cool in my opinion, varying around 63 to 65. The next early July new moon tide cycle, is the best Corbina opportunity you will have if you want to land one on a fly especially if the water temps hit the magic 67 plus…it should be wide open with fish crawling all over the place… hope to see some new faces on the beach…tight lines and message me on this board if you have any questions…

-Al Q

Slayed with the Okuma Nomad fly rod and Hatch5 combo. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

Uncle Denny stalking the beautiful So-Cal flats. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

Another one eats the grey/orange Holy Moley fly. Photo by Jim Solomon

Q bendo. Photo by Jim Solomon

Nicky lands a beauty. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

Nick gets picked up on a light pink, surfin merkin..Photo by Al Quattrocchi

Solly walking his Corbina onto the sand. Photo by Al Quattrocchi

 

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let us take you to the promise land…

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My good buddy and “Corbina Whisperer” Jon Nakano will be joining forces with me to help you get that dreaded Corbina tick off your list or perhaps make you a better Corbina fly fisher if you have caught them before. We will be presenting at the Fly Fair at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, both Saturday and Sunday. Jon and I have over forty years combined experience, flyfishing for beans and are willing to share our secrets and experience on the sand with you, so please try not to miss this one, it should be very informative…

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summer time in bean land…

The water temps hit the magic mark and the beans are crawling. In the last two days, my buddy Jon Nakano and I landed 8 fish on fly. Four a piece. We each had a few bust off as well. This morning for kicks Jon busted out the spin reel and landed another four within a forty five minute window on live crabs. Pretty sick sight fishing. I have been fishing a slightly different fly pattern than the standard tied surfin merkin I usually fish with confidence.  The surfin merkin is wide, they can be trimmed but overall flat in nature. I am making my EP sand crabs a little slender, more of a tear drop shape and taller in profile by stacking the fibers in a hi-tie style and they are getting eaten pretty well, so as they say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, I am staying with it. I got one fish a week ago on a white, the others all on grey and pink. Grey and pink work equally the same, i have no preference. Size 6 hook. Use a thin wire hook to stick em. My advice for beginners is don’t give up, this is a hard game, one if not the toughest in flyfishing. I have been on it for over twenty years and it still drives me crazy. Spend more time walking and looking for groups of fish, they are your best shot, if you haven’t gotten one on fly yet. Make the cast count, anticipate their next move, think like a corbina, watch the nervous water…and try to continue to breath…lol

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smackdown in bean town…

I love those days when the wind is down, the swell is dead flat and the sun lights up the water like your in the Bahamas fishing for bonefish in a swimming pool. You can spot Corbina all lit up, a half a mile a way. NOT!!!!

Sunday’s early morning session was crazy with rain, wind, no sun, choppy surf.  Even though conditions were not favorable, our Corbina posse landed seven fish, which is an above the average Corbina count, given this fish’s ability to drive you crazy and have lock jaw often… we had a small swell but the wind tended to foam up the beach making sight fishing pretty difficult, so what do ya do? You can go home and curl up in bed or you can tough up and spend more time searching and less time standing around waiting for something to happen. The moral of the story? Study the beach, walk! Once we located fish in one particular area the boys put a hurt on them. Tod who went through a long fishes streak, hooked five and landed three. It can be done, I have seen this scenario played out before. This game is about perseverance, don’t get frustrated. the more time you put in on the beach the more the rhythms of the beach become apparent. Watching these fish work the surf line is for me just as cool as catching them. Be one with the bean! The anglers that catch them  consistently are usually in areas where the corbina are most of the time. Finding those areas is what separates the average weekend warrior with the seasoned veterans. Even on beaches with no structure the fish spread out but there will be a small seam or slight depression or sand crab bed that will concentrate more fish in a particular area. This is what we look for, it is prime real estate in bean town baby.  Tight lines

-Al Q

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pic of the day…

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A beautiful corbina landed by our friend and fellow fly angler,  Mark Flo at one of our local beaches a few days ago on a pink surfing merkin. Photo courtesy of Mark Flo.

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Enrico Puglisi materials day…

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Save the date: I will be doing a FREE in-store demo at the Pasadena Orvis Fly Shop in a few weeks of some of my favorite local fly patterns using EP (Enrico Puglisi) fly tying materials and showing you how easy or complicated you can make fly tying. LOL Actually the materials are very easy to use once you learn the proper techniques and have the right tools to keep thing simple.

I will tie a modified Surfin Merkin/sand crab (corbina are right around the corner folks), a shad (freshwater bass), a squid (everything in saltwater eats squid, even me!), a anchovy/sardine (local inshore fav) and a bluegill (Large Mouth Bass).

It should be fun, I hope to see you there and hopefully some new faces too…

Cheers

-Al

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the beans are still chewing…

Its been an uncanny late season push by our local corbina this year (is it global warming? LOL) as the fish still seem to want to eat flies. It’s weird, this is the time of year I usually tell anglers not to get discouraged as the fish usually get lock jaw late in the season after gorging on sand crabs for weeks, not the case this year… then again we have bluefin tuna off the east end of Catalina, its nuts. I hope we get one more good tide cycle, the fish are fat and plentiful! Great to see some new faces on the beach, giving this crazy game a try. tight lines  – Al Q

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pic of the day…

A pretty sunset corbina landed this past weekend on the fly, down in Pacific Beach, San Diego by local angler, Dr. John Whitaker

A pretty sunset corbina landed this past weekend on the fly, down in Pacific Beach, San Diego by local angler, Dr. John Whitaker

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